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How It Felt When I Became An Aunty

When I found out that my sister was pregnant, I was excited for her, happy for her. But I didn't really know what it meant for me. Perhaps it meant nothing. Afterall, I have two beautiful babies of my own. Even if they are all child aged now. 

It then dawned on me after a few days that I was going to be an Aunty. The only person in my family to not have a title like this yet. An Aunty. A new role for me as a person. And my husband would be an uncle. This was both suddenly exciting and interesting for us. 

As the weeks went by I was then excited by the fact that this would be a new addition to the family. A play mate for my boys. And then when I saw the scan my eyes welled up. I got emotional. Happy emotional. This tiny little baby on the ultra sound scan picture was MY niece or nephew. Blood. And I felt love. Already. I felt the tears prick my eyes. Loving tears. Excited tears. I just looked at it and thought, "I'm going to love you. And so are my boys" I knew that we …

Dearest Daddy....

For Father's Day this Sunday, I thought I would try something different this week for the blog. Instead of delving deep into my own brain to pluck out reasons why children love their Daddies, I decided to interview my two little boys to gain the knowledge and truths from them. They are only two and almost four years old, so as you can imagine, half of it didn't make much sense and it didn't last very long. Yet, I still found the whole thing very insightful.

The simple question sparked not so simple answers. The question was; "Why do you like your Daddy?" It's a straightforward form of a question, which is easy enough for my two boys to understand yet the answers were not so simple. They were deep and meaningful, they made me realise just how much my little boys love and admire their dear Daddy. It made me so thankful that they have this great Man in their life. Here's a list of the answers they gave; 

2 year old:

1. "Garage Daddy kjdfhi brt jkhbt jehnvhn watch watch garage chair" which roughly translates as; "I like to go in the garage and watch Daddy while I sit on a chair"

2. "Cuddles buh bye to him Daddy Daddy Lowi Lowi" which roughly translates as "I like to cuddle Daddy when he says bye and goes to work. Oh! Listen, I can hear a lorry"

Almost 4 year old:

1. "I love Daddy building my rocket ship because I love doing it with him because I like him."

2. "I like going out and playing outside with him"

3. "I like him taking me to school"

4. "I like staying with him"

Asking them what they like about their Daddy was very informative for me as their Mother and his wife. It not only confirms what I knew about making this great life choice and commitment with him but it makes me so glad and proud that I took that big life step all those years ago. 

Their answers sum up perfectly what we seek in a Daddy and what is incredible about Fatherhood. My beautiful bouncy boys enjoy quality fun time, building their projects in his garage and watching him work his magic, like turning a barrel into a rocket ship.  They love being chased and playing outside with him, it makes them so happy and keeps them entertained. The boys seek comfort in him and protection, enjoying the drop off to school, being around him and the cuddles when he leaves and returns. 

Men may be rubbish at changing the toilet roll, or knowing what outfit to put the kids in, but they are awesome at Fatherhood. Fatherhood with all its responsibilities, with the protection they provide, the playfulness and much much more. 

I am so glad that I have this kind and caring man in their life that takes away the stresses and strains of Motherhood by taking the kids out to burn off their boisterous energy for ten minutes. I love having someone to share parenthood with, someone to laugh and cry with. I love having their Daddy whom they love so much in our lives. 

Fatherhood is magical; we may celebrate Motherhood and recognise the various roles that a Mummy takes in the household, but this Sunday we are celebrating Father's Day. A day to recognise not just the loudest wind- ripper, but the one that can turn a frown upside down in 0.72 seconds. We celebrate Fathers for being able to fix things, despite the mess that is made in the process, the ones that our sons will watch all their life with admirable eyes, desperate to grow up to be 'just like their Daddy' and the daughters will grow up to learn that they should expect nothing and no one less than that protective, worthy man that taught them to ride their first bike, or kick their first football. I am thankful for Fatherhood and the fun, frolics and fantastic times it brings to parenting and having children. 

Happy Fathers Day! 

What are you all doing to celebrate Fathers Day this year? What do you love best about your husband or Dad? Pop a comment below, I'd love to hear from you. 

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